Dublin City Centre will be a hive of activity this Bank Holiday weekend with a number of 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration Events taking place from Sat 26th until Tues 29th March.
O’Connell St will be completely closed off to traffic from midnight on Friday 25th right up until 11pm on Monday 28th March to facilitate the commemorations.
A Ceremony of Remembrance takes place in the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square. Parnell Square North and Parnell Square East will be closed between 6am and 4pm on Saturday to facilitate that. This event is open to the public with limited viewing due to space limitations. However, you can watch the ceremony broadcast live on RTE One and RTE Player. Later that day, there will be a State event in the RDS for relatives of those who participated in the Rising. The RDS is situated south of the city in Ballsbridge on the Merrion Rd.
The principal Easter Sunday state event starts with the reading of the 1916 Proclamation at the GPO on O’Connell St by a Defence Forces officer. The President will then lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland, followed by a minute’s silence for all those who died. The national flag above the GPO will be raised to full mast and the national anthem will be played.
The parade, led by the Defence Forces, will begin at St Stephen’s Green and travel via Cuffe St and Kevin St before turning right onto Patrick St. It will then continue through the city centre via Thomas St, Parliament St, Dame St, Westmoreland St, past the GPO on O’Connell St and then onto North Frederick St and Dorset St and finish up on Bolton St. Click on the image below for further details on the parade route and how it will impact public transport.
Members of the public can enjoy the parade at the many viewing points along the parade route. However, the most popular viewing area is likely to be near the GPO on O’Connell St so remember to get there early to secure your place.
It will conclude with an Air Corps flypast and a 21-gun salute. That evening there will be a special concert at Collins Barracks and also a State reception at Dublin Castle for 3,000 guests, at the Taoiseach’s invitation.
A number of road closures will be in place in the city centre to facilitate the parade and other events. For a full list of the routes affected, check out our event guide.
In order to facilitate the parade, LUAS Red Line services will terminate at both Smithfield and Abbey St from 9am until 5pm and a shuttle bus service will operate from the Point stop to Abbey St in order to facilitate passengers. If you’re using the Green Line, inbound services will terminate at the Harcourt St stop due to travel restrictions on St Stephen’s Green.
If you are planning on using the LUAS over the Easter weekend, remember that drivers are planning strike action on Easter Sunday and Monday (27th & 28th March), so plan alternative travel arrangements in advance. For more information see here or check out luas.ie.
Public transport is strongly advised as the following carparks will be closed to the public that day: Arnotts, Q- Park Clerys Marlborough St, Irish Life Abbey St, Parkrite IFSC, Euro Car Parks Convention Centre and Euro Car Parks at the Point Village.
On Easter Monday, synchronised wreath-laying ceremonies will take place at six iconic sites associated with the Easter Rising in Dublin. Wreaths will be laid at Boland’s Mill, Jacobs Factory (now known as the National Archives), Dublin Castle/City Hall, The Four Courts, Royal College of Surgeons; Moore St and St. James’s Hospital. These ceremonies start at approx. 12:30pm and at precisely 1:15pm the wreaths will be laid to commemorate the time when the first shots of the Rising were fired. These events are open to all members of the public but people are advised to leave plenty of additional time to get there.
Reflecting The Rising will also be held in Dublin City Centre between 11am and 6pm. This historical and cultural event will aim to get the public to re-imagine Dublin and Ireland as it was 100 years ago.
Cathal Brugha St will be closed between O’Connell St and Marlborough St from midnight on Sunday 27th until 11pm on Monday and a number of road closures will also be in place in the vicinity of St. Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square and for details of those see here.
A State ceremony will be held at Liberty Hall, to commemorate the role of the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly and large crowds are expected to attend. Beresford Place will be also closed as a result between Eden Quay and Abbey St Lwr between 9am and 2pm.
The GPO Witness History is a brand new visitor attraction opening to the public on Tuesday 29th March. It’s nestled in one of the most iconic buildings of the 1916 Rising – the GPO building on Dublin’s O’Connell St. The interactive exhibition will focus on the events of the 1916 Rising through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts. The centre also includes a café and retail store overlooking the courtyard, which itself features a commissioned sculpture commemorating the forty children who died in Dublin during Easter week 1916. Tickets cost €10 for an adult, €7.50 for a student and OAP. Discounted tickets are also available for family tickets and children and you can book your tickets here.
Kilamainham Gaol takes visitors on a journey through the events detailing Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Many of the 1916 rebel leaders also served time and/or were executed in the grounds. Major building and restoration works have just been completed on certain areas of the Gaol, principally the East Wing. Kilamainham Gaol is a short walk from the LUAS Red Line stops at Heuston Station and St James’s Hospital.
On Easter Sunday morning there will be a three-part wreath-laying ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery. The first wreath will be laid at the Sigerson Monument for all who served during Easter Week. The second will be laid at the grave of Edward Hollywood, who was the weaver of the first Irish Tricolour. The ceremony will then close with the final wreath being laid at the grave of Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics to Amhrán na bhFiann. This event is open to the public, who will be able to view proceedings on a large screen in the public area. Space will be limited so a ticketing system will be used.
This year to commemorate the 1916 events, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will hold special guided tours of the graves. These tours will visit the graves of key people such as Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon DeValera, Michael Collins, Harry Boland and Countess Markievicz. They last an hour and a half and will cost €12 for an adult and €25 for family tickets. For more information and to book your tickets see here.
There are a number of bus tours available for people to see and enjoy throughout the centenary year. The 1916 Dublin Bus Tour lasts 90 minutes and on-board actors animate the 1916 Rebellion action, stopping at several of the major sites. The bus departs from the Dublin Bus Head Office on Upper O’Connell St, Monday to Friday, at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. You can also avail of an evening tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 9pm. An adult ticket will cost you €25 and student and senior tickets are €23.
Another good centenary bus route is the 1916 Freedom Tour, which takes you through the key battle locations in a military-style tour truck. Guides are dressed in uniforms of the 1916 period and this tour also includes audio and video footage from the Rising. The route is an hour long and starts from Merrion Sq West, opposite the American College. Tours depart from that stop Wednesday to Sunday at 10am, 12am, 2pm, and 4pm. Tickets cost €20 for an adult and €16 for students and OAPs. There are also discounted tickets available for children, teenagers and families and you can get your tickets in advance here.
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